Food and culture is a fascinating topic. This article describes the expanding food market from countries seeking to promote their products at the International Food Fair in Paris. Interesting information on the future of food.
Epidemiology studies support the plant-based diet. Those cultures that have the lowest risk of heart disease and cancer eat more plant-based diets and less meat and cheese. For example, Asian and Mediterranean countries traditionally followed this diet and as they increased their intake of Western foods (i.e., more meat), their disease rates increased.
Ever wonder whether claims made by food manufacturers have any science to back up their statements? Here are some insights.
What can I say? Where can we get some? CLICK YUM.
A straight-forward approach on the pros and cons of grass-fed beef compared to CAFO beef. It can be harder to find but nutritionally worth it due to less calories and omega-3 content. . So many factors are at play here like the economic and environmental effects, however. CLICK HERE.
There is a word of caution here. Conjugated linoleic acid (mentioned in the article) is often touted as a cancer fighter but the research is conflicting and sparse as to its health benefits in humans. It can be found in supplement form but there are some safety concerns. New research shows that the type of CLA in the pills may have some potentially serious side effects, including promoting insulin resistance, raising glucose levels, and reducing HDL (good) cholesterol.
It is doubtful that those safety issues exist from its intake from food (meat and dairy products). CLICK HERE.
Oh my, what a bad idea. Don’t we have enough sugar-laden snacks? Isn’t there a merit badge for healthy eating? Guess not!
Not so good news about the Standard American Diet. No wonder we are getting fatter and less healthy than in past decades. Will it ever turn around? We need a major food culture change but I fear it only can change if we begin to educate our very youngest children’s palates to appreciate the taste and enjoyment of whole real foods again.
The following is an interesting discourse on infant feeding and how it can influence eating habits later in life.